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District Receives Over 300k from Province to Help Make Back-to-School More Affordable

September 02, 2022

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Allocation of Student and Family Affordability Fund will be determined in collaboration with key stakeholders

POWELL RIVER, B.C – School District 47 welcomed the news earlier this week regarding additional funds from The Province targeted to help families with rising costs of living due to global inflation.  Of the $60 million in the Student and Family Affordability Fund, the government has allocated $343,568 to School District 47. The one-time funding can be used for school food programs as well as a variety of other supplies to offset costs to parents, guardians, and students.

"We are very pleased with the opportunity these funds present to support more families in our district, "said Jay Yule, Superintendent. "Back-to-school should be a time of excitement and opportunity for our students. Now that we can expand and enhance some of our existing programs in addition to potentially adding new initiatives, the financial stress alleviation will go that much further for our families and, ultimately, learner success."

School District 47 is just beginning the stakeholder engagement process around the specific allocation of these funds. "We are committed to engaging the parent advisory councils, the Tla'amin Nation, and other relevant groups to ensure we meet the needs of our diverse student populations", said Dr. Yule. "We want to make sure that we are supporting the families who need it the most and to do that we need to ensure that we have a variety of voices at the table."

The District expects to take the time to hear from stakeholders and have a plan in place by the end of September. "If families have an immediate need, they can still contact their school principal now as we have other resources available and want to ensure families are supported," said Dr. Yule.


About Powell River Board of Education (School District 47)

Powell River School District is situated on the northern tip of the Sunshine Coast and serves a student population just over 3000 students. There are six elementary schools (Grades K-7), one secondary school (Grades 8-12), and Partners in Education (PIE) - the online learning school

with campuses in Powell River, Comox Valley and Bowen with over 1100 students from K to 12. The District has many programs available that provide choice and alternatives to respond to the diversity of student need.